Weslaco: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Sep 26; last update: Oct 17 Map
Angelina Vasquez reported that on Sep 26 she saw a Golden-crowned Warbler near the water feature at Frontera Audubon Center. Photos on Facebook.
Latest Reports: Sep 28: 9:45 am. Seen along entrance path from parking lot. Sep 29: very vocal at 9am. Seen a little way down left fork of the trail after going through the gate. Bird was on parking lot side of the trail. Continued sightings through Oct 17.
South Padre Island: WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON
first sighting: Oct 3; last update: Oct 15 Map
On Oct 3 Javi Gonzalez and a groundskeeper found a White-crowned Pigeon at the SPI Birding and Nature Center. The bird was first seen around noon and was still present at dusk. Sightings have continued through Oct 14. It was not found on Oct 15 despite numerous birders looking for it. Possibly it departed in advance of a weather front.
Midland: NORTHERN GOSHAWK
first sighting: Oct 7 Map
On Oct 7 Paul and Betty Rae Davis spotted a Northern Goshawk in Midland. The bird was photographed by Mary Frances Storz.
Galveston: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
first sighting: Sep 24; last update: Oct 4 Map
Deborah Valdez reported that on Sep 24 she spotted a Great Black-backed Gull at Galveston State Park.
Latest Reports: Oct 4: Steve Rogow observed possibly the same bird, an immature second winter.
Junction: PIRATIC FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Sep 22; last update: Sep 23 Map
Rhandy Helton reported that on the morning of Sep 22, Bill and & Kathy Lupardus saw and photographed a Piratic Flycatcher at South Llano River State Park, south of Junction. The bird was photographed at the Acorn Bird Blind. Later in the day it was not relocated. The park will be closed Tuesday through Thursday for a hunt.
Latest Reports: Sep 23: negative reports in the morning.
Austin: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Sep 14 Map
Alysa Joaquin reported seeing a Fork-tailed Flycatcher on a power line on Sep 14. The bird was spotted east of Austin and south of Walter Long Metropolitan Park.
Houston: GREATER PEWEE
first sighting: Sep 16 Map
Nina Rach heard the distinct "Ave Maria" calls of a Greater Pewee from her yard on Sep 16. The bird was apparently on Cedar Spur, just west of Voss Rd.
Corpus Christi: SHORT-TAILED HAWK
first sighting: Sep 10 Map
On Sep 10, multiple observers spotted a Short-tailed Hawk (adult light morph) from the Hazel Bazemore Park Hawkwatch Platform in Corpus Christi. The bird was seen an hour later with better scope confirmation. Last seen behind the trees as it flew over the golf course. Reported by Daniel Horton.
Lower Rio Grande Valley: TAMAULIPAS CROW
last update: Sep 22 Map
On the morning of Nov 5 Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan saw two presumed Tamaulipas Crows flying south over the South Padre Island Convention Center. Dave and Shawneen caught up with the birds near the causeway and got pics. The birds were heading south. Starting on Nov 10, sightings at the Brownsville Sanitary Landfill. (Map). Please be sure to sign in and follow employees instructions to ensure continued access to the landfill. The landfill is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 3:30pm and closed on Sunday.
Latest Reports: Occasional reports on South Padre Island through May 3. On May 17, 3 individuals were at Southmost Nature Preserve - Map (Richard Kostecke) June 12: One seen in flight over Hwy 4 being mobbed by Least terns. It landed on Stephanie Bilodeau's car and called a few times before flying east. (Map) June 28: one seen at Brownsville landfill. Jul 11: one at landfill Sep 22: one at landfill
Imperial Reservoir: LONG-TAILED JAEGER, ARCTIC TERN
first sighting: Sep 7; last update: Sep 8 Map
On Sep 7, Justin Bosler found a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger and a juvenile Arctic Tern at Imperial Reservoir (north of Fort Stockton).
Latest Reports: Sep 8: Justin was able to photograph the Arctic Tern. He couldn't locate the jaeger.
Hidalgo County: NORTHERN JACANA
first sighting: June 29; last update: Jul 3 Map
A Northern Jacana was photographed on Delta Lake on June 29. (Photo) It was still present at 1 PM on Jul 1.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jul 3.
McAllen: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first report: June 7; last update: June 18 Map
On the morning of June 7 Noah Arthur photographed a Mexican Violetear at Quinta Mazatlan WBC in McAllen.
Latest Reports: June 7: 6:20pm, David Sarkozi saw the bird briefly during a flyover in the amphitheater. The bird was calling. June 8: morning: continuing near amphitheater. June 9-18: continues.
Davis Mountains State Park: GREATER PEWEE
first report: May 23 Map
On May 23 Eric Carpenter photographed a Greater Pewee in Limpia Canyon, Davis Mountains SP.
San Perlita: AZTEC THRUSH
first report: May 3; last update: May 6 Map
An Aztec Thrush was recorded at the Wolfe Residence NW of San Perlita, 21520 FM 2209. First seen on the morning of May 3. Confirmed the afternoon of May 5.
Directions and Guidelines: From Raymondville, go east (7-8 miles) on FM 186 to FM 2209 and turn left on 2209 (it's the second blinking light, you'll see the sign for San Perlita. Follow FM 2209 to number 21520 on the right in about 5 miles. Permission is give to enter the back yard but please remain in the back yard.
Latest Reports: May 6: no sightings as of 6:15 pm.
Big Bend NP: VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD
first sighting: May 10 Map
Breck Tyler reported that on May 10 he found a Violet-crowned Hummingbird near Hot Springs trailhead on Daniel's Ranch Rd in Big Bend NP. Notes on eBird
Corpus Christi: VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD
first sighting: Apr 21; last update: May 11 Map
Susan Foster reported that a male Violet-crowned Hummingbird was present on Apr 21 at 4301 Ravine Drive in Cal Allen (Corpus Christi). The homeowners are allowing access. No need to contact them in advance. There's a sign posted to let you know you're at the right spot. The bird has continued through May 11.
Warbler Woods: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
first sighting: Dec 11; last update: Apr 26 Map
Susan Schaezler reported that she photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on Dec 11. Probable 1st winter bird.
Latest Reports: Continues to be seen through Apr 26.
South Padre Island: GREAT BLACK HAWK
first report: Apr 24; last update: Apr 29 Map
An immature Great Black Hawk on South Padre Island was seen by Javi Gonzalez and Alex Lamoreaux at about 10:30am on Apr 24. The photos by Alex Lamoreaux show white uppertail coverts, which are generally a reliable ID feature. Bill Clark also confirmed the ID of this ABA 1st. The bird was initially seen flying south over the Sheepshead lots of the Valley Land Fund as it was attacked by Great-tailed Grackles. It returned and headed north up the island and was not seen again. Looked for all afternoon and not relocated. It made one attempt to cross the Laguna Madre and returned, so perhaps it left on a later attempt. Photos and notes on eBird.
Latest Reports: Apr 29: Discovered perching in trees on South Padre Island at Valley Land Fund lots. Details on eBird.
Nueces County: NORTHERN JACANA
first report: Apr 14; last update: Apr 18 Map
A Northern Jacana was reported at the S. Texas Botanical Garden in Nueces County on Apr 14. The observers were Eddie Bartley and Noreen Weeden. The bird was in Gator Lake west of the observation tower.
Latest Reports: Apr 15-18: Continues on Gator Lake between the observation tower and the Palapa Grande platform, in an area with reeds.
Katy Prairie: EURASIAN WIGEON
first report: Apr 5; last update: Apr 11 Map
On Apr 5 Bob Honig found a male Eurasian Wigeon at Indiangrass Preserve (NW of Penick/Hebert Rds) in Waller County. Seen by many others. The bird was on the wetland pond near the Katy Conservancy bldg. on Hebert Rd. Most consistent viewing continues to be from Hebert Rd approximately 0.2 mi west of Penick Rd.
PARKING GUIDANCE: When parking on the Hebert Rd roadside, please pull off the road so as not to impede traffic. Often there is very little traffic; but sometimes large farm equipment/trucks come by, and it does gut busier at times,. The roadside shoulders have tall grass growing on them, but absent any significant rain they are firm even though you can't see to the ground.
Latest Reports: Continues through Apr 1
Dallas: AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
first sighting: Jan 1; last update: Mar 8 Map
On Jan 1 Anna Galvan photographed an American Black Duck with a drake Mallard at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The duck is believed to be the same bird that was seen last March. The ducks have continued through Mar 8.
Houston: GREATER PEWEE
first sighting: Dec 10; last update: Mar 12 Map
On Dec 10 Jim Hinson found a Greater Pewee in Bear Creek Park in West Houston. The sighting was near Restroom #9.This is probably the same bird that has been present at this location for the previous 5 winters. Last year it was reported from Sep 20 through Mar 22.
Location: The pewee is typically seen in the area of restrooms #9 and #10.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Mar 12.
New Braunfels ELEGANT TROGON
first sighting: Jan 27; last update: Feb 9
A female Elegant Trogon was photographed in New Braunels on Jan 27. The photos were posted on Facebook's What's This Bird? ABA group by Jane Azzaro. Photos
Latest Reports: Feb 4: 5:45pm, relocated by Ann and David Womer at Landa Park. Photographed. Seen by others. (Map) Feb 5-6: continues in Landa Park, Panther Canyon Nature Trail. Feb 7: negative reports all day but conditions were cold, wet, & windy. Feb 8: seen by several. Feb 9: negative
Terrell Co.: VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD
first sighting: Dec 13; last update: Jan 1 Map
Mel Cooksey found a Violet-crowned Hummingbird on Dec 13 in the area around the Terrell County Courthouse in Sanderson. First seen at 3:05pm as it flew briefly to a feeder, then to a power line. Observed off and on about 40 minutes. The bird did one series of sharp "twik" notes as it perched, like it was defending a territory. Photographed. The owner of the house, Lee Hoy, welcomes birders. Directions and guidelines are in his Texas Chase Birds Facebook post.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 1. On Feb 11, Lee Hoy found its remains in his yard. They have been transferred to a research facility.
TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)